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George Washington takes on Duquesne from Pittsburgh in an Atlantic 10 battle. These teams faced each other on Jan. 20 with the Dukes coming out on top, 91-85 in overtime in Washington D.C. It’s been a rough season for the Colonials, who are 3-8 in the A-10, good for 12th. Duquesne is having a solid year, going 16-9 with a 7-5 record to tie them for fifth place with Saint Louis.
Looking for a positive
There’s not a whole lot to say about this George Washington team. Expectations were not high but a 7-17 record is still disappointing. They’ve lost three straight and six of seven. In their latest loss, they fell to Saint Louis, 73-58 on Wednesday at home. D.J. Williams led the Colonials with 21 points and five boards. G.W. shot just 41.2 percent from the field and was outrebounded by eight. They allowed the Billikens to shoot 46.9 percent from the field and 9-of-22 (40.9%) from beyond the arc. The Colonials also turned the ball over 14 times.
Williams is one of the few bright spots on the team, averaging 14.4 points per game, while Justin Mazzulla leads in assists (3.5), steals (1.2) and field goal percentage (42%). On the season, George Washington averages just 64.3 points per game, which ranks 14th (last ) in the Atlantic 10. They allow 71.3 points per game to rank last in the league and also rank tied for last in field goal percentage (40.9%). Defensively, they rank 11th in field goal percentage defense (44.2%) and 13th in three-point defense (35.8%).
Dukes fall on Powell’s layup
Duquesne came back from 11 down on Thursday against La Salle to take a lead by one. But Explorers’ star guard Pookie Powell converted a layup with 4.6 seconds left to give La Salle the win. Powell (25 points) was a bit too much for the Dukes, as La Salle shot 46 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle (36-27). Duquesne was led by 18 points from Michael Hughes and 16 from Marcus Weathers. Eric Williams Jr. added 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. The Dukes shot 45 percent from the field but just 5-of-21 from beyond the arc. They forced 17 turnovers but also committed 15.
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Williams leads the Dukes with 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Offensively, Duquesne is averaging 73.3 points per game (2nd in A-10) on 42.8 percent shooting (7th) and 31.7 percent three-point shooting (9th). Defensively, they are allowing 70.8 points per game (10th) on 32.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc (7th) and 43 percent shooting overall (7th). They struggle with turnovers as they rank last in the league (15.0) but rank second in forcing turnovers (15.7).
- 4-1 ATS last 5 vs. Atlantic 10.
- 4-1 ATS last 5 vs. G.W.
George Washington is:
- Underdog is 4-10 ATS last 14 in series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a terrible George Washington team. They are averaging just 64 points per game overall and 59.9 on the road, while shooting a pitiful 28.1 percent from beyond the arc. They have lost three straight SU and ATS. Richmond beat them by 26 on the road. Duquesne is 11-3 at home and has covered four of their last five overall. The Dukes also play better at home, averaging 76.7 points per game and allowing just 42.8 percent shooting. Take the Dukes with confidence.
Full-Game Total Pick
George Washington has averaged 61 points per game in their last eight losses and that includes the overtime loss to Duquesne in the first game. That game went well over but from Pittsburgh, this one is going under. The Colonials will go back to their norm, which is scoring around 60 point or less on the road.